Monday, November 19, 2012
TUESDAY 33RD WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME – YEAR II
TUESDAY 33RD WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME – YEAR II
Rv 3:1-6, 14-22 / Lk 19:1-10
REVELATION 3:1-6, 14-22
Write this to the angel of the Church in Sardis, "Thus says he who holds the seven spirits of God and the seven stars: I know your worth: you think you live but you are dead. Wake up and strengthen that which is not already dead. For I have found your works to be imperfect in the sight of my God. Remember what you were taught; keep it and change your ways. If you do not repent I will come upon you like a thief at an hour you least expect. Yet, there are some left in Sardis who have not soiled their robes; these will come with me, dressed in white, since they deserve it. The victor will be dressed in white and I will never erase his name from the book of life; instead, I will acknowledge it before my Father and his angels. Let anyone who has ears listen to what the Spirit says to the Churches." Write this to the angel of the Church in Laodicea, "Thus says the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of God's creation: I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were cold or hot! You are lukewarm, neither hot nor cold so I will spit you out of my mouth. You think you are rich and have piled up so much that you need nothing, but you do not realize that you are wretched and to be pitied, poor, blind and naked. I advise you to buy from me gold that has been tested by fire, so that you may be rich, and white clothes to wear so that your nakedness may not shame you, and ointment for your eyes that you may see. I reprimand and correct all those I love. Be earnest and change your ways. Look, I stand at the door and knock. If you hear my call and open the door, I will come in to you and have supper with you, and you with me. I will let the victor sit with me on my throne just as I was victorious and took my place with my Father on his throne. Let anyone who has ears listen to what the Spirit says to the Churches."
When Jesus entered Jericho and passed through the city, a man named Zaccheus lived there. He was a tax collector and a wealthy man. He wanted to see what Jesus was like, but he was a short man and could not see him because of the crowd. So he ran ahead and climbed up a sycamore tree. From there he would be able to see Jesus, who was going to pass that way. When Jesus came to the place, he looked up and said to him Zaccheus, "Zaccheus, come down quickly, for I must stay at your house today." So Zaccheus climbed down and received him joyfully. All the people who saw it began to grumble, and said, "He has gone as a guest to the house of a sinner." But Zaccheus spoke to Jesus, "Half of what I own, Lord, I will give to the poor, and if I have cheated anyone, I will pay him back four times as much." Looking at him Jesus said, "Salvation has come to this house today, for he is also a true son of Abraham. The Son of Man has come to seek and to save the lost."
During the time of Jesus, tax collectors were known to be dishonest. They grew rich squeezing out of the poor the money they had earned through toil and sweat. The people placed robbers, murderers, and tax collectors in one category. Zacchaeus, chief tax collector in the city of Jericho, could no more have been poor than he could have been honest or just.
St. Luke says that as soon as Jesus announced he would go to the tax collector's house, Zacchaeus immediately resolved to make up for his past injustices.
Today's Gospel reminds us that no matter how great the evil a person has done, there is still hope for him, for the Lord never gives up on anyone. Let us reflect on today's words: "The Son of Man has come to seek out and save what was lost." The Jews complained that Jesus consorted with sinners. Instead of complaining, we should thank the Lord, because if there is still hope for every sinner, there is hope for you and me.
Reflecting on our own lives, is there any wrong present in our lives that we need to make right?
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the unborn.
… for the speedy recovery and healing of
- Mon Torres, Fleur Torres, Ditas dela Paz, Tony Guanzon, Karin, Lorraine
- Angel T. Uichanco, Anita Gatbonton, Alexander Cruz
… for the personal intentions of
- Beny Chua
- Diane, Kristen, Delores, Mary Ann M, Elena, Johnnie, Ben & Nancy & Fr Larry
… for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Manny Mercado
- In Memoriam (+): Charles Kang Lim (Oct 17, 1960-Nov 20, 1997)+
… for families who are in need of healing
… for world peace and reconciliation.
Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers and for those who need our prayers the most.
Have a good day!
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